Anderson’s nets 44 but champs still lose

Prairie River’s David Espina, right, dribbles past Gift Lake’s Caige Anderson during action Nov. 23. PRJH defeated the defending champions 69-54.
Prairie River’s David Espina, right, dribbles past Gift Lake’s Caige Anderson during action Nov. 23. PRJH defeated the defending champions 69-54.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News
A near heroic 44-point effort from Kye Anderson was not enough for the defending league champion Gift Lake Hurricanes as they lost their season opener Nov. 23 in High Prairie against the Prairie River Junior High School Raiders.

Anderson was a one-man wrecking crew in leading the Hurricanes. The team has lost seven players from its title team one year ago and will rely heavily on him to be competitive in the Smoky River Junior High School Basketball League this season.

The Raiders showed quickly that they have reloaded and gunning for another title. In the first minutes of the game, Dave Espina and Kieran Larson each hit long-range shots just inside the three-point line. It opened up the inside lanes for the Raiders, which they exploited throughout the game.

PRJH led 25-16 after one quarter and 33-31 at the half before pulling way in the third quarter, outscoring Gift Lake 16-9.

Adam Cardinal led PRJH with 28 points while Larson added 21. Espina added 10, Logan Krupa eight and Nick Johansson two as only five Raiders scored despite the high team point total.

Other scorers for Gift Lake included Caige Anderson with five points, Patrick Yellowknee with three and Lyryk Tallman with two.

Had the E.W. Pratt men’s coaches attended the game, they must have been pleased with the talent coming forward in few years to their program. Anderson, Cardinal, Larson, and Espina will all be welcome additions in the coming years.

Nov. 30, PRJH visits Donnelly G.P Vanier while Gift Lake hosts the Slave Lake St. Francis Falcons.

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